Dylan Campbell, of Andrew Harris Engineering, hangs over the top of the replica lighthouse with the last piece for the lamphouse.
Dylan Campbell, of Andrew Harris Engineering, hangs over the top of the replica lighthouse with the last piece for the lamphouse. Adam Hourigan

Let there be light at replica

NICOLE Sullivan wore a smile of achievement and satisfaction yesterday as a crane lowered the lens into place on the Yamba lighthouse replica building on Pilot Hill.

As more than a dozen onlookers watched, Mrs Sullivan said the project that her daughter Yannick Martin and husband Howard funded for two years was almost complete.

"Two years ago Howard told me he wanted to restore the building but he did not know where to start," she said.

"Back then it was horrible, it was a real dilapidated sight.

"Now there are some details like the windows and the garden to finish but it is so beautiful."

With Howard and Yannick organising the restoration, the building has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

The finishing touches will be applied to the building over the coming weeks. Those include the garden, provided with the assistance of Landcare, and, when completed, the spire.

After reading about local lighthouse expert John Ibbotson in The Daily Examiner, Mrs Sullivan suggested her son-in-law contact him for advice on the project.

Mr Ibbotson came on board and used his relationships with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Australian Maritime Systems (AMS) to source the lens and lantern room.

Mr Ibbotson said the 19th century Fresnel lens, which had been on display in AMSA in Canberra, was donated for the project.



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